IGF announces Kawaguchi vs Rogers, Esenbaev vs Yamamoto for inaugural event



Inoke Genome Federation recently announced a new MMA rules-only league separate from pro-wrestling events. Titled IGF, the league will branch more into the MMA-dominated side of the sport and leave the pro-wrestling to “Genome” branded events.

The first IGF event takes place on April 5, 2014 at the iconic Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. IGF has announced two new matches on the card. In the first, Yusuke Kawaguchi will face Brett Rogers at heavyweight. Kawaguchi, an IGF pro-wrestler, has faced major heavyweight competition around the world from securing the DEEP Megaton Championship to taking on the World’s Strongest Man, Mariusz Pudzianowski, in KSW. He won’t be a pushover for Rogers, who steps back into the ring following a loss to Phil De Fries on the Inoki Bom-ba-ye 2013 New Years card.

In the second of the fights announced, Ramazan Esenbaev will meet Yuki Yamamoto at lightweight. Esenbaev was the high-stakes dark horse brought in to face recently crowned DEEP Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka on the New Years card. The Russian felled Kitaoka very early in the second, and will take on his next Japanese opponent as Yamamoto. Yamamoto’s last win was over Toshikatsu Harada, the guy who dared step in the ring with Aoki for the New Years Eve event.

Also on the card, Minowaman will face Goran Olle Ulf, listed by IGF as 7-0, but for whom no Sherdog or Tapology record exists prior to this match up. As the headliner, Satoshi Ishii will defend his Championship belt against Phil De Fries.

In other news from IGF, Sawada Atsushi has recently been to the PJ Penn UFC Academy and intends to continue camp in Thailand because he wants a rematch with Minowaman.

April 4, 2014
Ryogoku Kokugikan
Tokyo, Japan

Heavyweight Championship
Satoshi Ishii (11-2-1) vs Philip De Fries (10-3)

Ikuhisa ‘Minowaman’ Minowa (58-35-8) vs Goran ‘Wolf’ Olle Ulf (0-0)

Yusuke “Crusher” Kawaguchi (15-6) vs Brett Rogers (14-6-1)

Ramazan Esenbaev (6-1) vs Yuki Yamamoto (5-5-2-1)